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State media says two hospital mortuary workers have been detained by police after the bodies of 21 babies were found on a riverbank in eastern China.
Local residents discovered the bodies along the riverbank and initially thought they were toys.
Reports say the babies ranged in age from newborns to several months.
Video footage showed that the bodies — stashed in yellow plastic bags, at least one of which was marked "medical waste" — included some infants several months old. Some wore identification tags with their mothers' names, birth dates, measurements and weights. The official Xinhua News Agency said there were also fetuses among the bodies.
More girls than boys are aborted in China because of the traditional preference for male offspring, especially in rural areas. Although gender-selection abortions are illegal in China, the practice remains widespread and has led to a skewed sex ratio at birth in China with 119 males born for every 100 females. In industrialized countries, the ratio is 107 to 100.